A childcare centre was hit with a record fine after grim photos revealed fresh mouse droppings scattered throughout playrooms, the kitchen and near a sink.
Disturbing pictures show hundreds of droppings in the daycare business that promises the “best start in life” and “warm, nurturing environments that parents and children love” on its website.
Health inspectors closed Busy Bees Nursery in Leytonstone, UK, in the grounds of Whipp’s Cross Hospital.
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Inspectors fined the owners £225,000 ($A426,744) after also finding the centre had no hot water due to a broken boiler, no soap in the toilets, and inadequate levels of cleaning.
International firm Busy Bees Nurseries Limited pleaded guilty to two food safety and hygiene offences and was ordered to pay £15,092 ($A28,623) in costs.
Its daycare, charging up to £400 ($A758.66) a week, was shut immediately on the day of grisly discovery, which included fresh rodent faeces under units and in the storeroom.
The firm was also charged with failure to keep the premises clean and in good repair and condition, and failure to put in place adequate procedures to control pests in contravention.
A spokesperson said: “Our actions included a thorough deep clean of the entire premises, including all equipment used within the nursery.
“We have made significant investment in the centre and in retraining staff to ensure all are fully up to speed with current hygiene best practice.”
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